What are the mortality rates for craniocervical necrotizing fasciitis?

Updated: Oct 17, 2018
  • Author: Steven A Schulz, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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In a retrospective review of craniocervical necrotizing fasciitis, Mao et al reported a survival rate of 60% for patients with thoracic extension (6 of 10) compared with 100% for those without thoracic extension. Lower overall survival for the patients in the thoracic extension group was attributed to older patient age, greater comorbidity, need for more extensive surgical debridement, and increased postoperative complications.

Better survival of the patients without thoracic extension was attributed to aggressive wound care and surgical debridement, broad-spectrum intravenous antibiotics, and care in the surgical intensive care unit. [46]


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